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The Importance of Redundant Fiber

Have you ever heard of redundant fiber? If you haven’t, you wouldn’t be alone—but here’s your opportunity to learn more about it. How does redundant fiber work and what does it means for you?

The Downfall of Disconnection

So much of our lives revolve around internet connectivity. It’s our source of work, play, social connection, information, and so much more. It’s kind of hard to overstate just how important telecommunication has become to our everyday lives. What happens when we lose that?

Well, in 2018, millions of residents of Seoul, South Korea, found out the hard way. A fire disrupted service for KT, the nation’s second-largest telecommunications firm, and the fallout was swift and devastating. Customers lost the ability to watch television, make phone calls, access the internet, complete credit card transactions, and withdraw money from ATMs.

The KT outage made a few things very clear. The first is that disasters, such as the fire that caused the outage, are almost impossible to predict or prevent. Second, even in the event of such disasters, the outcomes don’t have to be catastrophic.

There should always be a backup in case of an emergency. When widespread outages can hamstring millions of individuals and even critical infrastructures, there has to be another way to keep the system afloat.

The Benefits of Redundancy

Let us circle back to redundant fiber, or ‘network redundancy.’ Think of redundant fiber as a backup generator for telecommunications. When the power goes out, network redundancy keeps the lights on.

It works by laying multiple cable routes for a single provider across several geographical areas. That way, if one is affected, the other(s) become a safety net, successfully delivering broadband to clients while the issues are resolved.

Who Benefits from Network Redundancy?

Network redundancy is for everyone! Anyone who works from home, does online education, or simply spends a lot of time online will benefit from the kind of network stability redundant fiber offers.

For the average citizen, a widespread outage might cause no more than a short-term inconvenience, like not being able to check the internet for a few hours. But for schools, businesses, and data centers, an outage could result in major disruptions that ripple out into the community. For critical infrastructure systems like healthcare or emergency services, even a short outage could mean the difference between life and death.

Sacred Wind Communications

Sacred Wind Communications recently completed New Mexico’s first-ever redundant fiber line, running between Gallup and Albuquerque. As people work and learn from home during the ongoing pandemic, a strong connection has become more important than ever. A broadband outage at a time like this would be devastating for many.

With safe, secure, and reliable broadband, these tribal and rural communities will not run the risk of being cut off by a fiber network outage. A redundant fiber line is just one more way Sacred Wind is bridging the divide – between urban and rural, and between isolation and connection.

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Disposing of Old Devices Safely

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At Home Learning Strategies

This school year will certainly put a lot of stress on parents, who must unexpectedly navigate the virtual learning landscape on top of their jobs and other responsibilities. How do you keep students, who would prefer to think of the new school year as an extension of summer break, focused on learning?

In addition to having fast and reliable internet from Sacred Wind Communications to power all of your devices, here are a few other strategies to help your students excel during these at-home learning days.

Create a Routine

While the schools and teachers will certainly have a routine during the virtual school day, it is also important to develop a routine at home during the rest of the day. For instance, experts suggest adhering to a regular bedtime on school nights and structuring your morning similar to how it would be if you were attending school in person. This means waking up at a consistent time each morning that allows for breakfast and getting completely ready for the day before sitting down at the computer.

Designate a “Classroom” Space

Whether it’s a home office or the kitchen table, you should designate one specific area in the house as the virtual classroom. When choosing the space, keep in mind a few things:
• It should be low traffic (i.e. not a busy thoroughfare in the house)
• It should be away from the noise of everyday life
• It should have easy access to a plug-in case your device’s battery gets low

Eliminate Distractions

Pets, toys and devices are constant temptations for students learning at home. That’s why it’s best to keep all of them out of your classroom space during the school day. Think of your child’s learning space at home as if it were their desk at school. Anything that would not be allowed on their desk or in their lap at school, should not be there at home either.

Be Mindful of “Screen Time” Overload

While it is good and productive screen time, the virtual school day still counts as screen time, and the simple fact is that staring at device screens for a long period of time is not good for anyone, much less children. Once the virtual school day is over, take a break from screens and spend a few hours offline. Be it playing outside, reading a book, or exercising, give your kids’ minds and eyes a rest from staring at a screen.

Make sure to get your internet through Sacred Wind Communications so you can get connected and keep learning! Call us at 877-722-3393 to get started today!

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How to Share Memories Online (While Still Keeping Your Kids Safe)

From birthdays and milestones to silly selfies on an ordinary Tuesday, parents have tons of opportunities to share aww-worthy moments online. But does sharing photos with family and friends on the internet put your family’s security at risk? It doesn’t have to!

Check out these tips for sharing those special moments with your loved ones while still keeping your kids safe.

Use the security features

Popular social networks Facebook and Instagram allow users to hide their photos and posts from anyone not on their friends list. As you’re using these platforms to share memories with loved ones near and far, use the security settings to control who sees them — and comb through your friends list to make sure you actually know everyone in your digital circle. Still not sure about hitting that post button? Check out the group messaging features on either platform to share your photos and videos with just a few close loved ones.

Share privately with smaller groups

Did you know there are entire social networking platforms built with your privacy in mind? Apps like Cluster and 23Snaps make it easy to share your photos with a tight and controlled group of people — so Aunt May gets the video of baby’s first steps, but that Facebook friend you haven’t talked to since 7th grade does not. Added bonus: Both of these apps also make it easy to get pictures off your phone and into your hands with the option to create and print simple family albums!

Skip the geotags

It may seem obvious to say you shouldn’t share too much of your child’s identifying info online, but the geotagging features on some social media sites make it easy to do just that without a second thought. For example, geotagging photos from your child’s birthday party can immediately reveal your child’s name, birthdate and location to the general public. If you do decide to share photos publicly, consider skipping the geotags to keep your child safe from those who could otherwise use that identifying information to open unwanted accounts in their name.

Think long-term

It’s tempting to share all the memorable moments you get to enjoy with your little one, even if it’s just to have a record for your own sake down the road! But if you’re posting publicly, consider whether your kids would want those posts popping up when they’re starting to date, apply to colleges or search for jobs. Share happy family memories online, but try to keep private those shots and stories that seem innocent enough now but could be embarrassing down the road — like bath time, potty training developments or temper tantrums.

Talk with your kids

Yes, using social media and the internet safely requires some wisdom and intentionality, but that doesn’t mean you have to skip out on them all together. After all, your child will soon be using these same platforms on their own. And that’s a good thing! The internet is full of amazing tools for sharing photos, connecting with loved ones and much, much more. Prepare your child to use the best of the internet safely by modeling good practices and inviting them into the conversation now. Ask your kids what they’d like you to share (or not) before posting and discuss how you’re taking steps to protect them as you share those happy memories with loved ones near and far.

With smart practices and a secure connection, the internet can be a great tool for connecting with loved ones. Contact Sacred Wind Communications at 877-722-3393 today to make sure you have the strong, secure, and reliable internet you need to share special memories with those who matter most.

Avoiding Online Scams

Internet fraudsters are always looking to take advantage of increased web traffic and online spending, like we have seen since this pandemic started. However, there are some simple things you can do to avoid falling prey to these high-tech con artists.

Go Phish

Busy people get emails all the time. You tend to lose track of which ones are legitimate and which ones are simply posers. Even emails that seem to come from a familiar person or business can house a scam link.

If you’re ever in doubt, mouse over the link without clicking. If the hyperlink doesn’t match the sender, it’s likely a scam.

Phishing emails are among the most prevalent scams out there, and they come in every shape and form. Fortunately, excellent resources exist to help spot a phishing scam.

Playing on Emotion

Remember the Nigerian Prince scam? While that one is easy to spot, new tactics are much savvier and subtle. Scammers tend to prey on moments of weakness, fear and uncertainty, which they easily create with made-up high-stakes scenarios meant to play on intense emotions. The message often calls for immediate action, forcing you to make a dangerous snap decision.

Some of these include the Relative Imposter Scam. These messages target vulnerable seniors, posing as a family member in need of urgent financial assistance. It can be done by phone or email, and it is insidious because it plays on recipients’ compassion. Beware of anything that calls for swift action or ‘emergency’ emails from your bank. Emotional manipulation can also appear as a fraudulent charity soliciting donations.

Too Good to Be True

Buyers everywhere are always on the hunt for the best bargains, which means that online grifters are also looking to rake in the rewards. You’ve probably heard about someone or something ‘too good to be true?’ Well, the same applies to internet shopping schemes.

We frequently see this in the form of insanely discounted prices for hot items online, especially for the kinds of things that have no business being that cheap. They manifest as fake vouchers, fake links, fake ads or even counterfeit websites. Check and double-check to be sure you know what you’re buying into.

Pyramid Schemes

Pyramid schemes are still a thing! In fact, they’re back with a vengeance. One scheme getting major traction recently is the Secret Sister gift exchange. This particular scam has been around for years, but it keeps resurfacing to bamboozle more aspiring “secret sisters.”

The scam involves buying a gift and shipping it to an anonymous “sister,” which means sharing your private information with someone you’ve never met. Be on the lookout for anything that involves giving out your personal information, such as your email, home address or birthday.  And be especially aware of online altruists – they’re rarely what they seem.

The single connecting factor is that they’re after your money, personal data or both. Be smart and protect yourself this year; if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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Connecting to a Healthier You in 2021

Let’s face it, we’d all like to put 2020 in the rearview mirror as soon as possible and get 2021 off to a positive start. One great way to do that is by committing to a healthier lifestyle, from diet and nutrition to exercise. To make it a little bit easier, we’ve rounded up some great online tools that will keep you motivated and on track.

Read on to discover how a connection to fast and reliable internet from Sacred Wind Internet can connect you to a healthier 2021.

#1:Noom

Noom is a psychology-based online diet tool that focuses on making you more aware of your eating habits, and then helping you change those habits. While there is a subscription cost, Noom comes with all kinds of great resources that are personalized based on your goals, including customized meal plans and workouts. They even provide you with a coach that checks in periodically to make sure you’re on track and to help keep you motivated.

#2: FatSecret

If you’re looking for a free option to help you easily track and log calories throughout the day, FatSecret might be the best tool for you. The tool includes a nutrition database, healthy recipe options, exercise tracker and journal. It even has a barcode scanner to help you track packaged foods. In addition to calories, FatSecret also shows you a breakdown of carbs, protein and fat, which makes it ideal for low-carb and/or high-protein dieters.

#3: Aaptiv

Whether you want to work out at home, in the gym, or in the great outdoors, Aaptiv makes it easy to get a personal trainer’s guidance every step of the way. Simply check your workout suggestions for the day, then tap to stream guided audio workouts for running, strength training, yoga, and more. Each workout is paired with a playlist, so you can move to the beat as you crush your goals. Plus, team challenges, an in-app “team” feed, and a feature that measures your workout streak provide all the motivation you need to get active with Aaptiv every day this year!

#4: MyFitnessPal

As you get fit in 2021, exercise is only half the battle. That’s why MyFitnessPal is here to help you form healthier eating habits, too. This app allows you to set goals, track your food intake, and monitor your progress over time. Plus, the in-app community offers all the encouragement you need to remember you’re not in this alone. You’ve got this!

#5: Shopwell

Does finding healthy options in the grocery store leave you confused and overwhelmed? Shopwell has your back. Start by creating a food profile to set goals, note allergies and health concerns, and even record your likes and dislikes. Then, this handy app will make recommendations for healthy foods to grab on your next grocery run. You can even scan labels to find out instantly whether that snack you discover in aisle 3 is a good choice for your goals!

Are you ready to get fit and healthy in 2021? Call Sacred Wind today to make sure your internet can power the apps and tools you need to achieve your goals!

Medical Care is Just a Click Away

Coronavirus is putting telemedicine in the spotlight as a safer, more efficient way to receive medical help.

It’s a welcome alternative to visiting a doctor’s office, now viewed as a hub of anxiety and potential illness. Additionally, many physicians’ offices don’t offer after-hours appointments or leave you twiddling your thumbs in crowded waiting rooms.

You don’t have to be tech-savvy to use telemedicine, either. It’s as simple as logging into your computer using your fast and reliable internet from Sacred Wind Communications, opening a video chat link provided by your healthcare provider and getting the medical advice and prescriptions you need from the comfort of your home.

Does Your Family Doctor Offer Telemedicine?

If you have a family doctor, check with their office first to see if they offer telemedicine. When possible, it’s a good idea to stick with a doctor who knows you, your medical history and has access to your files, charts and pharmacy information. This ensures that you are getting the best, most consistent care from a physician who is familiar with your health and with whom you feel comfortable.

Ask your primary care physician if their practice has an online patient portal. This system functions similarly to email but offers privacy and security necessary for relaying sensitive medical information and data.

Types of Telemedicine

Some patient portals allow you to video chat with a doctor or nurse from the comfort of your home. Other online portals allow for web-based consultation, which means you click through a questionnaire about your symptoms. This type of assessment is perfect for those with minor medical issues who don’t need an in-person visit.

If your primary care physician is part of an extensive medical network like a hospital, chances are they have a well-established, secure online system. In this case, your patient portal acts as a one-stop-shop for all your medical needs, allowing you to consult with specialists inside the existing framework.

But even if your primary care provider doesn’t have an integrated care system, they may still conduct appointments via video conferencing software like Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime. In fact, many medical offices use Zoom because it’s HIPAA-compliant! That means it protects all your sensitive medical data, helping you feel safe and secure.

 What You Need to Access Telemedicine

Advances in technology have changed all our lives for the better. But to reap the benefits that telemedicine offers, you need to be able to access those services. With fast and reliable high-speed internet, you never have to worry about losing the connection to your health care provider, even in rural settings.

Now more than ever, it’s crucial to stay healthy and look after ourselves. And since you can get medical attention from the comfort of your own home, there’s no reason to avoid professional care and assessment. Better health is at your fingertips with telemedicine, and a good internet connection is the vehicle that gets you there.

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7 Creative Ways to Connect Long-Distance Family During the Holidays

Special time with loved ones is often what makes the holidays so memorable. But what do you do when those loved ones are too far away to pop over for a big meal and a heartwarming gift exchange? Well, with a strong internet connection from Sacred Wind Communications, there are lots of ways to stay connected.

Read on to discover seven creative ways to video call, swap photos, send gifts and simply stay connected with long-distance family this holiday season.

#1: Skype

Let’s start with the obvious choice. With its long-time history of quality audio and video calls, Skype has long been the go-to choice for connecting with loved ones all over the world. But did you know its features also include low-cost texts and calls to mobiles and landlines, easy group video calling and file sharing and messaging between devices? It’s also easily accessible on a wide range of devices, including your smartphone, computer, smart TV, Playstation and more.

#2: Google Hangouts

If you’re hoping to have a video call with your cousin Jason, Aunt Lisa, niece Jenna and family friend Marc at the same time during your upcoming family gathering, Google Hangouts is the platform for you. You can talk to up to 10 people at a time, do live-streaming video, file share, text message and, of course, make audio and video calls. You can even take photos during your hangout to easily capture the special memories you’ll be making together-yet-apart.

#3: Facebook Messenger

If your family members are skeptical about downloading a new service just to video call you on Christmas, check to see if they’re already on Facebook. The Facebook Messenger app works for text communication, sure, but it also has a voice and video call feature. Simply tap the person in your Messenger contact list, then tap the video icon to begin a video call. It’s easy and free, and no new apps or accounts are needed!

#4: Cluster

Looking to share photos and videos with loved ones without posting them for the entire world to see? No need to start an annoying group text. Instead, meet Cluster. This app features an Instagram-like feed, but only for the people you invite into the group. Create a group for all the family members that want to see baby’s first Christmas or all the friends attending your Friendsgiving feast. And everyone can share their photos in one simple place. Plus, the ability to “like” and comment on photos will keep the spirit of community alive no matter how far apart you may be!

#5: Nixplay

If you’re looking for an easy way to share photos with your not-so-internet-savvy family members, look no further than a Wi-Fi cloud frame from Nixplay. This digital photo frame creates a slideshow of the photos you add, and you can easily use your phone to add more at any time — even if the photo frame is on the other side of the world. This makes this frame a gift that keeps on giving for family members near and far.

#6: Giftster

Picking just the right present for that distant (and possibly picky!) family member can be tricky, so let Giftster do the thinking for you. This free app allows you to create a wish list and add any items you’d love to receive. Then, you can invite family and friends to create lists of their own. Shop from each other’s lists to bypass that anxiety over gifting just the right thing. (Plus, your family members will love how easy it is to find the perfect gift to send you, too!)

#7: Artifact Uprising

We all know how much Grandma loves getting updated pictures of the grands, but creating a photo album can be time-consuming. Help her feel remembered and included this holiday season by using Artifact Uprising to quickly create quality prints, photo books, calendars, gallery frames and so much more. Simply upload photos straight from your Instagram or camera roll, and click to buy. You can even use the gift option to send the photos straight to Grandma!

Each of these tools and apps makes it easy to stay connected with family all over the world throughout the holiday season and beyond. Contact Sacred Wind Communications today to make sure you have the high-speed internet connection you need to power each and every one! You can reach us at 877-722-3393.

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Christmas Goes Virtual

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Despite the stressful year we’ve all collectively experienced, we’re getting into the holiday spirit—or trying to, at least!

But no matter what we do in our households to prepare for Yuletide, there’s something that just doesn’t feel quite right about a Christmas without Santa. If your little ones feel a little glum about not being able to visit Santa at the local mall or town square, there’s a surprising substitute you should consider.

Like the rest of us, Old Saint Nick is going virtual this year. That’s right; Santa Claus is coming to town, but this time, it’s via the internet. We know it’s not quite the same as getting to sit on Santa’s lap, but an unusual year calls for extraordinary solutions. And look on the bright side – there are absolutely no lines!

So get your list together, make sure you have a fast and reliable internet connection from Sacred Wind Communications, and check out one of these virtual Santa options:

Macy’s Santaland

Macy’s is spreading the peace and goodwill this holiday season with virtual Santa meetups – and that’s just the beginning. The department store giant has reimagined Santaland in a big way: their interactive website features everything from yummy holiday recipes to kid-friendly DIY craft videos and much more. Enjoy interactive games, join a merry sing-a-long, write letters to the North Pole, and get a special shout-out from the elves! Best of all, you can meet the big man himself and nab a photo – all you have to do is sign up.

Sam’s Club

Sam’s Club is offering the most magical gift of all – a chance to talk one-on-one with Kris Kringle. You’re getting a Zoom call, and who should be on the other end of the line but Santa himself! Your kiddo can have a personal virtual meeting with Santa, and for that extra special touch, you can provide Santa with their name and age ahead of time. At the end of the session, you can score a complimentary photo book to cherish the Christmas memories for years to come.

JingleRing

Are you looking for a super fun, affordable, and personalized Christmas option? JingleRing may be just the thing. You can easily customize your meet and greet with Santa to fit your family like a glove. The website provides a family profile for you to fill out when booking, which allows you to select a Santa based on “preferences for ethnicity, language (including ASL), and faith.” You can even request a ‘Sensitive Santa’ for children with special needs. And to top it all off, you can enjoy a guest appearance from Mrs. Claus, who might even read a Christmastime story if you ask nicely! This virtual experience includes an activity e-book, a festive video, and pictures you can share with the whole family.

This year, there’s no need to sacrifice your Christmas tradition! You can stay safe, healthy, and still get your usual dose of Christmas cheer via fast internet from Sacred Wind Communications!

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5 Kid-friendly Streaming Platforms You’ll Want for Holiday Break

Will the long, cold, and sometimes boring days over holiday break have your kids reaching for their screens? A bit of screen time here and there doesn’t have to be a bad thing. And with family-friendly streaming platforms, you can rest assured that your kids are watching videos safe for little eyes—even without your constant oversight.

Plan ahead for those much-needed moments of peace, quiet, and screen time now by downloading these family-friendly streaming platforms today.

PBS KIDS Video

With the award-winning, educational PBS KIDS Video app, you don’t have to feel guilty about letting your kids indulge in some screen-time this holiday break.

Little ones love how easy it is to watch live TV in the app or play their favorite shows on-demand, including Curious George, Daniel Tiger, and Sesame Street. And parents love how the “Weekly Pick” feature suggests a fresh set of videos geared toward keeping young brains mentally engaged even while out of school. Best of all, this app is totally free!

DisneyNOW

With all the talk lately about the new Disney Plus streaming platform, don’t overlook the kid-friendly DisneyN

OW! This app provides access to the Disney Channel, Disney XD, Radio Disney, and Disney Junior in a few taps.

Simple thumbnails of favorite characters make it easy for kids to quickly find the shows and games that feature that character… which makes it easy for you to savor a few m

ore moments with a steaming cup of coffee. You’ll need a TV-provider login for total access, but some content is available for free.

YouTube Kids

You probably haven’t thought of YouTube as a very safe option for unmonitored screen time. And you were mostly right… until now.

YouTube Kids has been designed with kids in mind (think big images and eye-catching bright colors). More importantly, robust parental control settings make it much more kid-friendly than the original site. It even comes complete with a timer option, so parents can limit screen time in just a few taps.

Amazon FreeTime

Can’t decide if you want your kids to have access to Disney, PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, music, games, Audible books or something else more on the educational side? With Amazon FreeTime, you don’t have to decide. This platform offers all of the above and more.

Parental controls make it easy to set a certain age range, allow only parent-approved purchases, and lock games and videos until educational goals are reached. Your kids will love the easy access to popular Amazon originals, such as If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and Tumble Leaf. And you’ll love that you can add this to your Prime membership for just $2.99 a month!

Nickelodeon

With Nickelodeon, you can choose between not one, not two, but three different apps. Nick, Nick Jr., and Noggin each have their own platform.

Kids’ favorites like Peppa Pig, Blues Clues, and Dora the Explorer can be accessed for free (with a TV log-in) on the Nick and Nick Jr. apps. For just $7.99 a month, Noggin offers a plethora of interactive games, popular shows, and videos that promote learning with a wide variety of topics such as shapes, numbers, letters, art, music, manners, and more.

It’s no secret that screen time can help you keep the peace on long winter days—but that peace will be gone faster than you can say “Bah-humbug” if a game or video stops to buffer! (Why is it always during the most inconvenient moment possible?!)

Save yourself that headache and call Sacred Wind Communications at 877-722-3393 today to ensure your internet connection will work when you need it most!

 

Smart Education Resources for At-Home Learning

A growing number of parents are choosing homeschooling, or home-based education, in place of K-12 public or private school. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, more than 1.6 million children were homeschooled in 2016. And with an endless array of free internet resources, including online courses, lesson plans, and interactive educational activities, homeschooling is becoming easier than ever.

With these free online resources, you can homeschool like a pro—or better help your public or private school children with their homework—without breaking the bank. Add high-speed internet from Connect66 Internet and a handful of smart devices, and you’ll be a techie teacher in no time.

Programs for Getting Started

Homeschool.com is a comprehensive guide to homeschooling and offers online community support. You can access an array of resources and services, including free printable educational activities and worksheets.

An easy A-to-Z guide to homeschooling, The Homeschool Mom includes links to some of the best online resources. You have access to local programs, lesson plans, and other popular topics. This program also offers parent reviews of various homeschool curriculums.

Free Online Courses & Lesson Plans

You can find thousands of online courses and lesson plans across many different subjects at Kahn Academy: Math, English, Science, Computer Programming, Art, History, Economics, and Finance, to name a few. Kahn has partnered with NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, the California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to provide specialized content.

TedED is an extensive online video library that features cool animation paired with great educational content. Popular video topics include: “Does Time Exist?”, “History Through the Eyes of a Chicken”, “Can You Solve the Leonardo Da Vinci Riddle?” and “A Day in the Life of an Egyptian Doctor.”

Want to balance education and religious life? Try All-in-One Homeschool. This Christian homeschool curriculum includes Reading, Math, Language Arts, Science, Bible, Computer, Foreign Languages, History, Art, Music, and PE. You can customize your child’s daily lessons based on their skill level and track their progress for each course.

Based on the Charlotte Mason method, Ambleside Online offers detailed schedules and resources customized to each child. You’ll also find an extensive digitized library and an online support forum.

CK-12 is a supplemental curriculum with high-quality digital textbooks that use videos and other interactive content to visualize abstract concepts. You can choose from English, History, and top-notch STEM content.

Free Online Resources by Subject

Math: Math Games, Corbett Math, Dragon Box, Dreambox, Math is Fun

Science: Exploratorium, NASA for Students, Steve Spangler Science, How to Smile

Reading and Language Arts: Project Gutenberg, Starfall, Read Write Think, Read Works

Whether you’re new to homeschooling, still thinking about it, or want to supplement your child’s classroom education, these digital resources paired with Connect66 Internet’ fast and reliable internet can turn your home into an interactive classroom!  Call us now at 833-463-0066 to get connected and start today!

Apps to Trust When Your Kids Are Sick

Why is it that children always get sick in the middle of the night…over a holiday weekend…when your only option is a slow, crowded emergency room? We can’t solve the problem of terrible timing, but we can show you some apps that make caring for a sick child just a little bit easier. Check out some of our favorites below.

1. Baby and Child First Aid

  • Available on iOS and Android
  • Price: Free

Be prepared for any emergency with this app from the British Red Cross. Explore tips, animations, and videos to improve your first aid knowledge, then test what you know with built-in quizzes. You’ll need internet to download the app, but the app works offline for easy access to lifesaving information anytime, anywhere.

2. Sickweather

  • Available on iOS and Android
  • Price: $2.99

If you’re a parent, you already know how illnesses can spread like wildfire among little ones. This app uses crowdsourcing and social listening to map reports of illnesses throughout your community, so you can steer clear of infection hotbeds. Download it to stop your kid’s next flu virus, pink eye, or head lice outbreak before it starts.

3. CVS Pharmacy

  • Available on iOS and Android
  • Price: Free

Taking a sick child to the doctor is stressful enough. Once they’re finally seen and back in the car, the last thing you want to do is haul them into a pharmacy. The CVS Pharmacy app lets you refill and track prescriptions—and order them for curbside pickup—all from the palm of your hand. Plus, this app makes it easy to find nearby CVS MinuteClinics, view wait times, and even hold your place in line.

4. Kinsa

  • Available on iOS and Android
  • Price: Free app, but you’ll need the QuickCare thermometer ($19.99) or Smart Ear thermometer ($39.99)

Kinsa’s smart thermometers send quick, easy, and accurate temperature readings straight to your phone. Then, the app instantly recommends age-appropriate next steps based on your child’s symptoms. Plus, it saves past temperature readings, symptoms, medicine dosages, and more—you know, all the important things you struggle to recall when the doctor asks!

5. ianacare

  • Available on iOS (Android coming soon)
  • Price: Free

While many of these apps are great for common childhood illnesses, children with chronic or terminal illness require extra support. With the ianacare app, you can easily communicate updates to your closest friends and family, coordinate care across multiple caregivers, and request the practical support you need from people who are eager to help but don’t know how.

These apps can be helpful resources when your kids are sick, but they require a reliable internet connection to work. Check with Sacred Wind Communications today to make sure you have the high-speed internet your family needs! And call us at 877-722-3393 to get your internet today!